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About the AHI

The AHi is the Big Voice for Small Business. As the national organisation of small business chambers for over 75 years, our members reside in the largest metros and the smallest rural towns; we speak for thousands of businesses.

Vision
AHi stands for a free-market approach to grow SMEs, create jobs, and provide ethical leadership. We envision a country where small- and medium-sized businesses are supported by thoughtful, evidence-based policy that limits obstacles to their success and sustainability and the private sector works to eliminate structural obstacles to competition, access to markets and effective entry into supply chains.

Mission
We advocate for policy makers and big businesses to ‘think small first’. We lobby for government to consider and support SME sustainability in legislation, regulation and procurement policies. Our campaigns include big businesses where SME-supportive supply chain management and payment terms contribute to a thriving sector.

 

AHI directors

Bernard Swanepoel

AHI President

Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists & THINKspiration.Non-executive director: Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra, & African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Previous: CEO & Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited & CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd. Chairman: Joburg Indaba & Managing partner of MMC.

Bernard Swanepoel

AHI President

Winda Austin-Loeve

AHI Vice-President

I believe organized business can contribute by being the Big Voice for Small Business. SME’s are the backbone of our economy as the biggest creators of jobs as well as being the customers of corporate organizations.

Winda Austin-Loeve

AHI Vice-President

Sipho Nkosi

Second Vice-President

B.Com (Hons) Economics, MBA, Diploma in Marketing Management, AMP. Most recently he served as the CEO of Exxaro Resources Limited. Founder & CEO of Eyesizwe. previous President of the Chamber of Mines. He serves on the boards of Sanlam, Exxaro Resources, Anooraq Resources, Eyesizwe Holdings

Sipho Nkosi

Second Vice-President

Ernest Messina

Chief Executive Officer

A businessman with two masters degrees and a DPhil in History, chairperson of Groot Constantia, co-chairperson with Anant Singh of Smile 90.4FM and serves on the boards of the Du Toit Group and Isipani Construction. has been chairperson the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Chairperson of the Franschhoek Valley Transformation Charter.

Ernest Messina

Chief Executive Officer

AHI head office

Leandre du Plessis

Website & Communications manager

Leandre du Plessis

Website & Communications manager

Amarna de Beer

PA to the CEO

Amarna de Beer

PA to the CEO